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Tuesday, December 13, 2005


A recent pursuit of mine came to an end last week when a package arrived from the U.K. Inside was the 1969 David Bowie Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola/The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud 45, albiet the counterfeit version. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola is a special version of Space Oddity produced just for the Italian market. The cool thing about it, besides hearing Bowie sing in Italian is that an English-to-Italian translation wasn't even attempted. Instead, the Italian version tells a completely different story with lyrics provided by the immortal Ivan Mogul. Never heard of him? Me neither. The music track is identical to Space Oddity; only the vocals are changed. Here's an Italian-to-English translation of Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola which in English means "Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl."

My mind just took off
One thought only one
I walk while the city sleeps

Her eyes in the night
White lanterns in the night
A voice that talks to me who will it be?

Tell me lonely boy where are you going to,
Why so much pain?
You lost without doubt a great love
But the city is full of loves

No lonely girl no no no
This time you are mistaken
I didn't just lose a great love
Last night I lost everything with her.

But her
The colors of the city
Of the blue skies
One like her I'll never find again.

Now lonely boy where will you go?
The night is a big sea
If you need my hand to swim
Thank you but tonight I would like to die
Because you know in my eyes
There is an angel an angel
That now does not fly any more that now does not
fly any more
That now does not fly any more

There is her
The colors of life
Of the blue skies
One like her I'll never find again.



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